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Here’s why Mike Bloomberg’s laid off campaign workers are getting smaller paychecks than they thought

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Since suspending his campaign, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken heat for firing a number of campaign staffers he had promised would have jobs until November — even if he didn’t win the nomination. People who were enticed to work for Bloomberg’s campaign with generous salaries and benefits, who expected steady income for a year, are suddenly and unexpectedly without a job in the middle of a deadly pandemic and crippling economic downturn.

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But the insults don’t stop there. According to Politico’s Alex Thompson, a number of dismissed staffers couldn’t help but notice their final paychecks were significantly lower than they expected. The reason is that the phones and computers Bloomberg bought for their work were counted as extra income — and the staffers were stuck with the taxes.

Bloomberg’s campaign is emphasizing that staffers who do not want to keep the electronics can return them to the campaign by the end of this week, in which case the extra taxes will be refunded. Nevertheless, some staffers are angry and feel the campaign didn’t communicate this well.

“The blowback is because we were never told our last checks would be taxed (for me, I lost $800+!) before they did it. If they told us that, people would have been a little more stringent about opting out of taking them,” one staffer told Thompson. “The issue is not that we didn’t know we’d get taxed. We knew we were getting taxed. The issue is that they made it seem like it would come at the end of the year, almost like a 1099 extra income that we’d pay taxes on then, not a hit on our last checks.”

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After a meteoric rise thanks to his eye-catching ads and nationwide advertising blitz, Bloomberg’s campaign flamed out after a poor showing on Super Tuesday. Bloomberg has pledged to support the eventual Democratic nominee, but it is unclear whether he will commit the same level of resources he would have to his own campaign.


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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